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Mar 10, 2020 12:41 PM CST

Hello! Can anyone identify this tree/shrub? Tea olive perhaps?
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Mar 10, 2020 1:28 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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Hope someone will know better than I do but I think it might be a:Prunus caroliniana (Carolina Cherry Laurel). I'm basing that on the flowers. Do they have a bit of a sweet smell?
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Mar 16, 2020 3:32 PM CST

They don't seem to have a smell to me...or not yet, anyway. Thanks for the reply!
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Mar 16, 2020 11:51 PM CST
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
I don't think I noticed before that you thought it might be a Tea Olive. There is a description followed by a number of pictures of tea olives in our Plants Database.

See if this link will take you there.
Tea Olive (Osmanthus fragrans)

Your first picture looks like something else but I can't quite place it.
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Mar 22, 2020 10:59 PM CST
Frisco, TX (Zone 8a)
zone 8
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Could it be India Hawthorne?
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Apr 4, 2020 4:36 AM CST
North Richland Hills, TX (Zone 8a)
Hello,
It looks like Sweet Viburnum and it's not definitely tea olive. Tea olive leaves are matte and also called sweet olive is best fragrant shrub I have ever seen. It produces fragrant flowers twice a year however flowers are so tiny and not very noticeable but apricot fragrance will blow your mind. I have 7 of them all over in my yard. I also have the Viburnum Chindo and gets very large but is not very fragrant only plus side is very shiny leaves.
Thanks ,
Ridvan
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